0 Ransom Poythress

Ransom Poythress

Houghton professor Ransom Poythress.

Ransom Poythress

Associate Professor of Biology

My primary research interests are in the area of smooth muscle physiology.  I am specifically exploring how smooth muscle proteins remodel during contraction, how that impacts our understanding of hypertension and muscle recovery, and, given this knowledge and understanding, how can we develop therapies and treatments.

I also have a personal research interest in the philosophy of science and Biblical apologetics.  While upholding the sovereignty of God (Colossians 1:16-17) and the inerrancy of Scripture, how can we winsomely, knowledgeably, and lovingly use God’s creation and our finite understanding of the sciences to effectively engage the culture?


  • Ph.D. in Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology | Boston University
  • M.A. in Counseling | Westminster Theological Seminary
  • B.S. in Biology | California Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • General Biology II: Cell Biology and Genetics (BIOL 152)
  • Genetics (BIOL 251)
  • Muscle Biology in Health and Disease (BIOL 344)
  • Introduction to Neurobiology (BIOL 355)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology (BIOL 370)
  • Advanced Vertebrate Physiology (BIOL 372)
  • Research in Biology (BIOL 394)
  • Senior Capstone in Biology (BIOL 482)
  • Honors Seminar: Science and Worldview (INDS 32X)
  • Science as a Human Endeavor: Science and Superheroes (STEM 141)
  • Science and Society: Video and Board Games (STEM 142)
  • Career Seminar (STEM 371)

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